Apparently, my knees are.
My left knee has been increasingly uncomfortable recently, probably from the extra stress the last two years while I babied my right knee. I have been wearing a brace on both, but I think my summer of pushing further, faster has come back to bite me.
Since I am doing my yoga month, I took this week off from running. My run last Friday was uncomfortable. Going down hills with my left leg feels like someone is sliding a knife under my patella from the top. Fortunately, it rebounds fairly quickly when I hit level ground. And I have discovered that “slaloming” down the hill helps my legs a great deal, although I am sure people are wondering why I am running back and forth as I run down the hill 🙂 Just getting a few extra steps in!
I went for my first run for the week this morning. Now, originally, I had planned a fairly short run. But as my knees felt ok (the one steep-ish downhill did hurt), I kept going just “a little further.” I went out about 2.5 miles. And made it back about 2 miles before my left knee told me, in no uncertain terms, that it was done. I walked the last half mile.
I had a hard time giving in. But I remembered seeing an older marathon runner I knew limping along daily because he just refused to stop. I thought it was foolish at the time.
I decided not to be foolish. Everyone has injury issues, and not pressing on to make it worse is the smart thing to do. Walking didn’t hurt at all, so I guess Daisy will be getting a lot of exercise for the next week! And I will be looking for exercises to make my knee muscles and tendons stronger.
Calm and relaxation wasn’t hard to find Sunday, as this was my yoga studio. We had gone out overnight on the boat, but I still was determined to practice yoga every day.
I found a moment in the morning to breathe deep and enjoy my short session. Since I was on a rocking boat, I admit to not doing any balance poses like Tree, but I did do 12 minutes of stretch poses for my arms, core and legs.
What a marvelous way to start the day.
A excellent reason to practice yoga:
It helps develop focus, which spills over into the rest of your life
It’s September! And my favorite season has started: Autumn.
Ok, so chronologically summer isn’t over, but I am ready for cool nights and warm days, vivid color in the trees and cinnamon-pumpkin everything.
Summer has been a race this year. We dashed from weekend to weekend, trying to squeeze in as much time on the boat while trying to get things done at home, and then sprinted through the week at work to do it again.
Since this is the time to start slowing down, I figure it’s the perfect time to do a yoga month. I have been thinking about it for quite a while, but with the rush of summer I haven’t been doing much of anything but getting through my workouts.
I realized that I really haven’t done any real yoga for several months, just adding some stretching poses in my other workouts. I always feel that yoga is beneficial to everyone, regardless of their primary sport.
So this month, I will focus on yoga and practice some everyday. And I bet I will feel so much more relaxed and composed at the end of it.